(08/23/13) - Cashew Point was party central and a popular beer stop along the Crim route for 20 years.
That party might be over, but a new tradition has been born.
Over the years, thousands made their way to Cashew Point on Flint's west side.
Fans of the popular spot didn't want it disappear.
After 20 years as the Crim's unofficial party stop, Cashew Point at the corner of Bagley and Chevrolet had its final hoorah last year. Now the race's most dedicated fans are trying out something new.
"First off, you gotta give credit to Cashew Point, they've been favorite for the runners and walkers," said Rob Jewell, of The Champagne Corner.
Jewell didn't want this race tradition to end and thought a little bubbly would be a nice "upgrade".
"Champagne gives the sense of elegance, camaraderie, and appreciation. We thought we could add maybe a little bit of additional class to the nature of the Crim," he said.
It's not clear if "the champagne corner" will be handing free samples to participants.
"We will see what evolves as each year goes on, so we want to be looking at this as the first year. Besides, you have to plant the vineyard first before you drink the champagne," Jewell said.
Jewell says he hasn't missed a single Crim. While he might not have ever run the race, he finds his place among the fans.
"We're excited about the fact that people are giving recognition to the unique creative ways that us as spectators are able to cheer on and encourage the runners and walkers, so we toast you," he said.
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